In a bold move to pass the first gun control legislation in the nation since the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 children and 6 adults, the New York State legislature has been given a bill from committee to vote on today. Despite the fact that there already was an assault rifle ban and a magazine size restriction at the time of the Connecticut shooting, the unconstitutional bill would restrict magazine sizes to 7 bullets instead of the previous amount of 10 bullets.
This is a clear violation of the Second Amendment of the Constitution because it limits magazine sizes to an unreasonable and arbitrary amount. If the New York legislature gets away with this, then any legislature can decide that any size magazine is subject to restriction. What if some rouge law maker decided they wanted to restrict magazines to 3 or 2 bullets?
There is some Republican opposition to the bill, but the legislature in New York state is controlled by Democrats so the measure could very well pass.
Read more below from NBCNewYork.com on the measure:
A key New York Senate leader and the Assembly speaker said they expect the state Legislature to vote Monday to enact what would be the nation's first gun control measure following last month's Connecticut school shooting.
"I think when all is said and done, we are going to pass a comprehensive gun bill today," Sen. Jeffrey Klein told reporters Monday morning. "I'm very excited about it. I am very confident we are going to vote on a comprehensive bill that will be agreed on by the governor, the Senate and Assembly."
People familiar with closed-door negotiations told The Associated Press a tentative deal was struck over the weekend.
The tentative agreement would further restrict New York's ban on assault weapons, limit the size of magazines to seven bullets, down from the current 10, and enact more stringent background checks for sales. Other elements, pushed by Republicans, would refine a mental health law to make it easier to confine people determined to be a threat to themselves or others.
Senate Republicans also have included a further crackdown on illegal gun trafficking into New York, the people said. Most New York City gun crimes involve weapons illegally brought into the state, state and city officials say.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposal had not been discussed among rank and file legislators. They say the tentative deal will be debated behind closed doors Monday in the Senate and the Democrat-led Assembly and could be sent to the floor for a vote Monday.
A Cuomo administration official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not final, said there was no agreement yet.
A vote Monday would come exactly one month after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said the deal will include ways for schools to use state aid to better guard against shootings.
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